About this object

A silk applique thangka likely showing Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal wearing a Drukpa Kagyu hat associated and monastic robes. He is seated in a landscape with deer and fruit bearing trees on a thron. In front of him is a low table on top of which are several vessels, at either side of the throne devotees offer conch shells ans dharma wheels. The applique is surrounded by a dark blue and gold brocase with repeating cloud designs.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art; Religion; Textile/Clothing
  • Culture
    Bhutanese
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Silver
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    John Claude White
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    1889 - 1908
  • Measurements
  • Note
    Described as collected in 1904, which suggests it could have been acquired (looted?) in Southern Tibet during the Younghusband expedition. There is also an argument to be made that this was given to White during his official visit to Bhutan and was not part of the material culture taken out of Tibet during 1903-04 at all. Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
    John Claude White (Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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